Photo Report: The 10 (OK, the 11) Must-See Public Clocks Of Tokyo

In the Edo period, Ningyocho, in Tokyo’s Chuo ward, was where people went for entertainment. While the Kabuki theater is a famous high-brow example of traditional Japanese performance art, the cheaper puppet theatre was a favorite of the masses. Today, two large clocks in the area evoke the puppet theatricals in the form of mechanical puppet clocks depicting scenes from life in simpler times. The first of these shows a typical Edo scene, with townspeople, samurai, tradesmen, and a geisha among the list of characters. Located across the street, the other shows firefighters.

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